I have no idea if the Chiefs are doing everything they can to "win the lockout." I don’t even really know what that phrase, which I made up, means. I think I’m asking if the Chiefs are doing everything necessary to ensure they are affected as little as possible by the time off once the season starts.
Are the players staying in shape so there isn’t an abundance of pulled hamstrings when training camp begins? Have the coaches taken full advantage of the time off to do advance scouting on this season’s opponents? Is Scott Pioli ready to juggle negotiating with free agents, draft picks, and undrafted college free agents to fill out the roster in what will be a shortened negotiating period?
Chiefs fans are hoping the answer to all of the above is a resounding YES. No one will like the excuse of ‘it was tough with the lockout’ for any potential bumps in the road.
The organization has been predictably tight lipped so Chiefs fans are largely operating in blind faith. The players have had one 3 day mini-camp, which was nicely attended, and have supposedly been working out on their own otherwise. Matt Cassel made the papers one other day playing catch with some receivers. Other than that, we’ve heard nothing.
There’s no question they’re ready for the season in New Orleans.
Today on Fescoe in the Morning they talked to Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. He talked about Drew Brees and Jon Vilma enforcing a mandatory 6-week physical fitness program and overseeing multiple mini-camp style practices with 100% attendance, including draft picks. Williams mentioned getting the whole team their playbooks and preparing video for Brees to study before the lockout began. He said New Orleans has full contingency plans for both a full training camp and an abbreviated one. It was impressive.
If I was a Saints fan and heard that interview, I’d rest easy knowing that if anything goes wrong this season, it won’t be for a lack of maximizing the time off. They sound like an organization that’s "winning the lockout."
We don’t know nearly as much about what the Chiefs are doing as we now do with the Saints. But for the sake of Chiefs fans, I hope it’s as much or more. I’d hate to lose the lockout.